OPEN AND AFFIRMING STATEMENT FOR ST. JOHN

As people of faith, we rest secure in Jesus' message that God loves and accepts every person. We embrace, affirm, and celebrate the diversity of the human family. We commit ourselves to following Jesus' call to a ministry of acceptance, justice, and peace.

Therefore, we invite all persons into full participation in the life of this faith community regardless of age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or social/economic status, family structure, former faith affiliation, and physical or mental challenges or disabilities.

We, the people of St. John United Church of Christ of Melbourne, Iowa, resolve to stand against discrimination and be welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged with all people. With God's love and guidance, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming Congregation.